Wolves defender Jody Craddock today joined members of Tom Kirwan’s family in planting a tree in memory of the Wolves supporter.
Tom was fatally stabbed outside the Uberra Club in the City Centre last July at the age of just 23, and Police are continuing their investigation to try and bring his killer to justice.
Since July a number of Wolves-related tributes have been left outside the Club, now re-opened as the Canal Club, but, working with Wolverhampton City Council, Tom’s family and friends have now provided the new memorial near Little’s Lane, off St Patrick’s Ring Road.
Long-serving defender Craddock helped with the ceremony and added his voice to the campaign to raise awareness of knife crime which Tom’s death has brought back into the spotlight.
“I am sure it is still a very difficult time for Tom’s family and friends and the number of people who turned up to the ceremony shows how popular he was,” said Craddock.
“The tree is something that will always be there and will give everyone the chance to remember Tom and continue to pay their respects.
“What happened to him was such a tragedy and shows again the terrible effects of knife crime which affect so many people.
“I am sure everyone would support the efforts of Tom’s family and indeed the Police in trying to prevent knife crime in the future and ensure that no one else has to go through what has happened to them.”
Tom’s mother Emer and fiancée Jade Elwell were among those who gathered at the ceremony, with many attending wearing hooded tops carrying the words ‘Justice for Tom’.
“We shouldn’t be having to do this, but it is a lovely gesture and at least with this here Tom will never be forgotten,” said Emer.
“We have had great help from Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton Wanderers – this couldn’t have happened without their support and it is a lovely gesture that Jody was here.
“We are still absolutely heartbroken and devastated but we won’t give up because Tom deserves justice.
“We will be going through this for the rest of our lives but do not want it to happen to any other family.”